The following article is about a very interesting interview with a loving Rottweiler owner who didn’t know what to do for a while. Rotti, who is now almost 5 years old, is suffering, as is his owner. under what? under aggression. According to the owner, the animal goes into a real trance state. “I’m also like paralyzed and my darling also notices that I’m nervous.” – This in turn is also transferred to the stately animal. The four-legged friend, which is otherwise extremely easy to care for, cannot cope with a confrontation with other dogs. Especially not with big dogs. He calls one other four-legged friend his friend. How Anja, whose name I changed here, deals with it, what solutions she found and who helped her, I have summarized for you in the following text in the hope that other affected owners and animals will also find a little help, tips, and motivation here.
The Problem Situation
Anja truly loves her dog. You notice that immediately when dealing with each other, the animal is pampered to an appropriate degree and gets attention, fresh air, and exercise.
Unfortunately, the latter in particular is often difficult: “If I’m out and about alone with Rolf, my Rottweiler, everything is really fine with the world.” my Rolf goes nuts.”
Anja describes that her darling has become really stiff and is in a trance-like state. He no longer reacts to anything. Not even on yourself, not on your partner. “In the beginning, I was absolutely helpless,” Anja continues. And who is surprised? An adult Rottweiler in shock, ready to attack is unsettling.
“Smaller dogs are tolerated at most, but my dog still doesn’t like closeness from his conspecifics,” is Anja’s sad summary.
“I’m afraid that I won’t be able to cope with such a situation. My dog I’m big, strong, and unresponsive. We now only go outside with a muzzle because, despite the leash, I couldn’t hold the animal if it started running. Recently there was a more than the tricky situation with a Great Dane. The owners had not leashed the animal and so the big dog came straight at us. A conflict ensued.”
Rolf will be 5 years old in November, Anja got him from the animal shelter almost 3 years ago. At that time this problem did not exist, it seems to have developed by itself in the meantime. Only one dog is allowed near Rolf: a Podenco mix from Spain.
And How About People?
I was allowed to get to know Rolf as a great dog that needs to be cuddled. When I enter the apartment, he is sitting in his basket on a leash and pricking up his ears. He caught me as soon as I entered the residential building, reports Anja. She describes him as an attentive and love-needy animal. I believe her immediately.
According to Anja, Rolf has to wait about 10 to 15 minutes before he can greet me. Only then is the leash released. This rite is important to her, because there are people who are reverent to anxious within their circle of friends, and what’s more, the old “boss” greets them first. Rolf has to be patient, which he does well.
The Solution to the Problem
Anja has taken exactly the right path: She has been attending a dog school for some time, which trains together with Rolf in joint training.
“At first I thought this would go wrong. I was desperate!” – During the first training hours, the dogs initially wait separately in the owner’s cars. The purpose of this is that they can calm down for a moment and coaches and owners can discuss some things with each other in advance.
“I think that’s great because that way I can go into how the last few days have gone.” – Two days a week Anja goes to the dog school with her fur child Rolf and it’s fruitful.
First, the dog was observed, some dogs were present in the meadow. He was always on the outside and didn’t want to integrate. Then came the day when the Rottweiler was exposed to a provocative situation. A large mongrel dog was allowed to get closer to the animal, with the keeper Anja standing between him and Rolf. In hand: a cup of water. The dog freezes, as expected. In this state of trance, the animal does not react to anything. The trainer decides that Anja should first sprinkle some water on Rolf’s neck, but the dog doesn’t react at all and is almost ready to jump.
“Then I had to splash the water directly in my Rolf’s face and that was really difficult for me.”
But lo and behold, it works: Rolf “awakes”, and the tense situation is resolved.
“I was told he doesn’t take me seriously as an authority figure and we both have to work on that!”